First of all, I'm new to this whole audiophile thing (and god is it expensive and confusing). I've read almost this entire thread (wow, what a read). I'm looking at the best possible solution for music and games (but don't want to spend an arm and a leg).
I'm currently using a pair of HE-400's (35 Ohm impedance), and from what I gather reading this thread, the best solution would be to purchase a NFB-11.32/NFB-15.32 and a regular SBZ. I'd then want to use the optical port on the SBZ to the optical-in port on the NFB. Is this correct?
Does anyone know the difference between the NFB-11.32 and the NFB-15.32? The audio-gd website is kinda confusing in the way it is setup and the only difference I saw was that one has a Sabre ES9018 chip while the other one uses dual WM8741 Chips, but I honestly don't know the difference (like I said I a noob).
Would I still be able to use the USB on the NFB devices (when I'm at a different computer that doesn't have the SBZ)? I know I wouldn't get surround or anything, but someone earlier said that there is a big potential for interference or something.
The audio-gd website does list an upgrade "There are two TCXO can for upgrade, one is the 12MHz for the USB interface, another is 80MHz for the ES9018" I have no idea what that means, or what it would help, but is the upgrade worth it?
I'm coming from an ASUS Xonar STX, but it won't be in the new computer due to it being PCI and the fact that I don't really like the drivers and the gaming features of the card.
Any insight is appreciated.